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Last night, the exhibition of artist Mijo Mijušković’s works titled “In the beginning there was stone” was ceremoniously opened at the MCAM Gallery.

Curator Nikolina Zuber, in her address, emphasized the transformation of the original form from nature that guided Mijo Mijušković to create a visually conceived and liberated world of art.

“The creative idea that guided him – natural form and creative process. In the sculptor’s imagination, these two worlds formed a whole. He wanted to discover what lies hidden in the enigmatic nature of matter. As a sculptor who, like a meteorologist and naturalist, had years of experience with processes in nature, he knew that the found form was not the right one. He searched for it.”

Olga Lystsova spoke on behalf of the ForA Gallery in Berlin, noting that many of Mijo Mijušković’s sculptures have a magical and sacred quality.

“Therefore, it is not surprising that there are obvious parallels with ancient sculptures – stone sculptures made of green limestone reminiscent of ancient Egypt, black granite reminiscent of Hindu art, and white marble reminiscent of ancient Greece.”

She also mentioned that Mijušković is often compared to Brancusi or Miro.

“However, the artist never associated his work with existing artistic schools or movements and created his own unique style in which the sacred character of nature is the source of inspiration and primary content.”

Curator Dr. Nikola Marković, in his address, especially thanked the MCAM team, led by director Vladislav Šćepanović, who initiated this project and thus opened up new possibilities to properly present important works of Montenegrin artists represented in foreign collections to the Montenegrin public.

“As we can all witness, who knew him well, Mijušković lived modestly, fully devoted and dedicated to his work and family. He never made any of his sculptures indoors, never cut down a single tree to create his works, thereby saintly preserving with all his being what is the essence of ecology and nature, to which he always happily and inspiredly returned. Tirelessly working, he often delved into the past and the depths of the spiritual, which he rediscovered in everything that traces human culture and man from these areas, for centuries leaving traces of their sanctuaries, places of execution, and endurance.”

The exhibition was organized in collaboration with the ForA Gallery from Berlin, featuring exhibits from Natalie Pervak’s collection. The exhibition is open to the public until May 23, 2024.